Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

One Year Later

A few weeks ago I was strolling back through my blog and came upon photos of the backyard in May of 2015. I saved the pics so I could do a post on how the garden has matured in one year.

So, here we go! Let's take a look at the garden one year ago and one year later.

This photo was taken at almost mid-garden looking toward the north. Everything was very tiny, and the elevated area in the far corner was just barely a thought in my mind.

One year later and everything is filling in nicely, and the idea for the far corner garden is on its way.  More on that "secret" little space in a future post.

Now standing in about the same spot mid-garden but looking in the opposite direction (toward the south), it was pretty well planted but all very small.

One year later and it's starting to look a little more jungle-like.

At the very south corner of the garden is a view of the patio and the butterfly garden.

One year later and we've just about lost view of the wall surrounding the patio. 

This area is located right next to the patio in the above photo (where the corner of the house is) and is a view of the south side of the garden. 

One year later and most of the fence is covered with the exception of the gate. 

It's amazing to look back and see how it has grown and filled in in just one year. A mix of warm weather, plentiful rain and no winter freezes makes for perfect growing conditions. 


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

WOW! That's really amazing and I know you are enjoying your lovely gardens each and every day.

What is the red flowering plant in your butterfly garden, photo #6?

I love your stone pathway too and look forward to seeing your 'secret' space.

Happy Gardening dear Susan ~ FlowerLady

Janice Taylor said...

Susan, it's just amazing what you've done with your garden in just one year. I love all your bold foliage and all that texture...and the layering! It's all just beautiful and looks as though it's been established much longer than it has. Enjoy! _Janice

Susan said...

Hi Lorraine - the large red flowering plant in the center is a sun impatien. First time I purchased one of these and it has performed well for over a year. I have to give it a hair cut every 6 months because it will get leggy. There is another red one to the left and that is a red pentas.

Hi Janice - Thank! We are lucky in that our climate helps to produce an established looking garden within a couple of year.

Leslie Kimel said...

How neat to see how much your garden has grown and progressed in just a year! It is looking beautiful! I'm so impressed with how well planned and well designed it is. I love the curving stone path and the stone wall around your patio.

Susan said...

Hi Leslie - Thanks for your kind comments! No straight paths for me, I love the curvy ones that kind of draw you down them.

Anonymous said...

Your garden looks so inviting . . . a cup of coffee and an early morning stroll along the beautiful pathways = a perfect way to start the day.

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